Thursday, May 25, 2006

Zhone Announces Active Ethernet Products

Zhone today announced its EtherActive Product to deliver high bandwidth Ethernet services over fiber in FTTP/FTTH markets. Zhone's EtherActive Optical Line Terminal (OLT) can support up to 10 subscribers per blade with 10/100/1000 Mbps service over either copper or single/dual mode fiber utilizing industry-standard EFM technology.

Active Ethernet has been chosen as an alternative high bandwidth solution to the Passive Optical Network (PON) in many parts of the world such as the city of Amsterdam. The main difference between the two is that while active ethernet is a point-to-point architecture, the PON is a tree-and-branch shared architecture while helps decrease fiber cost and share a channel/wavelength amongst multiple users.

A nice informative discussion between Active and Passive Ethernet is available at:

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